published Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Candidate Marceaux on Jimmy Kimmel tonight

After conquering the Internet with his unconventional governmental views and personal demeanor, Chattanooga resident and Republican gubernatorial candidate Basil Marceaux is poised to take on Hollywood tonight.

The 57-year-old perennial candidate is scheduled to be a guest on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” a late-night talk show. He said today in a telephone interview from his Kimmel-provided room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that he realizes the host will be poking fun at him.

“I’m more concerned about my message,” Marceaux said. “So if they make fun of me and all that stuff, it’ll be worth it.”

Aime Wolfe, publicist for Jimmy Kimmel, confirmed Marceaux is scheduled to be on tonight's show, which airs at 12:05 a.m. EDT. The program is taped at 10 p.m. EDT.

After Marceaux outlined his out-of-the-mainstream views in a video on Nashville's WSMV-TV, Internet bloggers went wild and the candidate went “viral.”

During the WSMV segment, Marceaux swayed, spoke haltingly and was sometimes unintelligible. He said he wasn’t drinking and sometimes has problems being understood because he only has three teeth.

On the video, Marceaux talked about his opposition to the “gold-fringe flag” and his view that everyone should have a gun, but he said his main message on TV tonight will be to warn citizens how the U.S. republic was betrayed.

“That our country was invaded on July 16,1866, and that it has to go,” Marceaux said. “That we can no longer go invade countries and to use our soldiers to go overseas and make democracies.”

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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gm1220 said...

Who saw this coming! Go Basil!

August 2, 2010 at 2:41 p.m.
sandyonsignal said...

Which statement seems the most rational?

A) “That we can no longer go invade countries and to use our soldiers to go overseas and make democracies.” - Basil Marceaux

B) " I don't care if we stay in Iraq for another 100 years. It's fine with me." - John McCain, the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008.

August 2, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Basil Marceaux is an elephant with a short trunk.

August 2, 2010 at 3:06 p.m.
David said...

Basil Marceaux is being wronged here. He does not intend to hurt any person on this Earth. He at least has the courage to stand up and state what he believes in. We here on this blog sure dont intend to run for office, do we? Lay off Basil and enjoy his show. We are, in a way, all blessed to listen and enjoy it. But please dont make fun of a brave man and a veteran to boot. God Bless You Basil.

August 2, 2010 at 3:20 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Ok David Basil will get a slide from me only if he ask's Jimmy Kimmel could he jam with the trash metal band Slayer during the close of the show.

August 2, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Which statement seems the most rational?

A) “That we can no longer go invade countries and to use our soldiers to go overseas and make democracies.” - Basil Marceaux

B) " I don't care if we stay in Iraq for another 100 years. It's fine with me." - John McCain, the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008. Username: sandyonsignal | On: August 2, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.


Neither one Sandy because sooner or latter we will have to pull out due to the fact that the enconomy will not hold up under that sort of pressure.

The tactical operation side of the war was done wrong in the 1st place and what we should have did was carpet nuked the sucker and did the mop up side of the operation in a 2 month cycle. Then Sandy my dear we could have brought most of our troops home and most of this war would have been done with.

Bad planning and a lack of ground troops is why this war is taking so long to finish. If you care please contact your local congressman and voice this concern to him and see what he does about it.

August 2, 2010 at 4:07 p.m.
OldBuckeye said...

David, couldn't agree with you more. The man may not be able to express himself eloquently, but he surely has a passion for this great nation and that shouldn't be ridiculed.

August 2, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Yes. Even more important than passion is the man's sincerity. Basil Marceaux means what he says--even when he struggles to say it.

Marceaux's views do not matter to me. His sincerity does impress me.

To mock this man is to take on a bully's role. We live in days without taste and gentility.

August 2, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Vote for Basil he will be the greatset president since Barrack Obama.

sighs....just kidding but he's trying @

August 2, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Basil is on Jimmy Kimmel because Alice Lupton said so !

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha......hee..hee.

August 2, 2010 at 5:35 p.m.
FM_33 said...

GO...BASIL...GO.......back to elephant training school where you belong.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...hee..hee.

August 2, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Ok Basil we'll see if you can be as famous as Amos and slick as Tricky Dick the slick.

August 2, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.
FM_33 said...

To mock this man is to take on a bully's role. We live in days without taste and gentility. Username: InspectorBucket | On: August 2, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.


No Inspector i am not mocking the man it's just that he is not ready for the "Sarah Palin Spotlight" quite yet and even he knows it.

The conservatives on the Mtn have pushed for this one. When will they ever push for a "Jessie Lee Peterson* from BOND type canidate to represent Chattanooga TN.

And you wonder why most blacks in this town do not have a intrest in the Republican party here in this town. The main reason is because they don't bother to reach out and pull a person in the community in like there fellow white counterparts.

Most of these conservatives should read his 1st book "From Rage To Responsibly" and then tell me whats going on with these conservatives on the Signal Mtn.

Jessie is from Alabama and he knows how racism was a big factor on how you where supported politicaly back in the Bull Connor days of the south.

"Scam" was his other book about black civil rights leaders and there trye history and agenda from the "New Left" and that book is worth a read even if you hate him for showing the truth based on fact from there own records and the mainstream media.

Why has the South not supported a strong black conservative for high office yet ?

Hmmmm...........anybody wish to tackle this monster of a question !

August 2, 2010 at 6:02 p.m.
SouthDem said...

Actually I think Sandy on Signal was complimenting Mr. Marceaux. His statement, as quoted, was far more coherent than that of the Republican poster guy, John McCain.

August 2, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

The question is not if he shows "passion", or shows "sincerity. The question is if he is credible as a candidate. That credibility includes the ability to present a coherent opinion and policy statements. We are not looking for someone we would enjoy sitting down and having a beer with, (whoops, that was what people who voted for Bush said), we are looking for an intelligent individual who can lead our state. Of course he still makes at least as much sense as Wamp.

August 2, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Does Basil deal with the race and class issues that effect people in this city or county ?

Does Basil ever speak to the minority community about issues that concern them ?

Does Basil have a agenda to make Chattanooga TN a better place for every one young and old alike ?

Does Basil ever have lunch and play golf with Zach Wamp or Bob Corker ?

Does Basil get a firm handshake from Zach Wamp or the cold dead fish shake ?

Does Basil have a good solid record of working here in city government and balancing the budget ?

August 2, 2010 at 6:11 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Actually I think Sandy on Signal was complimenting Mr. Marceaux. His statement, as quoted, was far more coherent than that of the Republican poster guy, John McCain. Username: SouthDem | On: August 2, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.


Thank you SouthDem because i was to dumb enough to figure that one out for myself. LOL...hee...hee..wee..wee.

August 2, 2010 at 6:14 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The question is not if he shows "passion", or shows "sincerity. The question is if he is credible as a candidate. That credibility includes the ability to present a coherent opinion and policy statements. We are not looking for someone we would enjoy sitting down and having a beer with, (whoops, that was what people who voted for Bush said), we are looking for an intelligent individual who can lead our state. Of course he still makes at least as much sense as Wamp. Username: hotdiggity | On: August 2, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.


Thank you Hotdiggity for that fine post and you are a gentleman with a incredible mind and intelligence. keep up the good posting and insight.

I for the record did not vote for either Bush Sr. or Bush Jr. so i don't fall into that cup of tea thank god.

August 2, 2010 at 6:19 p.m.
FM_33 said...

To check out * Jessie Lee Peterson* please go to ......

www.bondinfo.org

August 2, 2010 at 6:23 p.m.
FM_33 said...

As Jessie would say "You Must overcome Your Anger".

That is true no matter what party you stand for or no party at all.

August 2, 2010 at 6:26 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Rhandy Rhoades is a DEM chick that made waves here on Chattanooga radio back in the mid 2000's but the powers that be who only wont one side to be heard pulled her show because she was to strong on debating the issue at hand.

Sorry but don't know her web site because she changed it and i will have to get back with you all latter on that info.

August 2, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
FM_33 said...

FM_33 Talk Radio List

  1. Ray Taliferro ( www.kgo.com )

  2. Tammy Bruce ( www.tammybruce.com )

  3. C-Span ( www.cspan.org )

  4. Jessie Lee Peterson ( www.bondinfo.org )

  5. Sarah Palin ( www.palintv.com )

  6. Chattanooga TN ( www.wgow.com )

  7. Gnooze ( www.gnooze.com )

August 2, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.
FM_33 said...

CNN and FOX where once great media outlets to get infomation but now are only used as a propaganda machine for both party's.

This is one of there psychological warfare tools that they use on the minded numbed mass herd of America !

Beware before they turn you into a mindless cow as well.

Moo....Moo....Moo....*

August 2, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Here's what President Obama did today 8/2/2010 )_______ Monday, August 2 2010All Times ET Next .9:00 am The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base South Lawn Open Press (Pre-set 8:30AM – Final Call 8:45AM - North Doors of the Palm Room)
9:15 am The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Atlanta, Georgia Andrews Air Force Base Travel Pool Coverage (Call Time 8:00AM – Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)
10:45 am The President arrives in Atlanta, Georgia Dobbins Air Reserve Base Open Press
11:30 am The President delivers remarks at the Disabled Veterans of America Conference Hyatt Regency Hotel Open Press
1:25 pm The President delivers remarks at a DNC finance event Hyatt Regency Hotel Travel Pool Coverage
2:30 pm The President departs Atlanta, Georgia en route Andrews Air Force Base Dobbins Air Reserve Base Open Press
3:10 pm UPDATED: The President arrives at the White House South Lawn Open Press (Pre-set 2:45PM – Final Gather 2:55PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
3:55 pm The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base Andrews Air Force Base Travel Pool Coverage
4:15 pm The President meets with senior advisors Oval Office Closed Press

August 2, 2010 at 6:57 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Sandy here's what Obama said he would do about the war.


Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq On February 27, 2009, President Obama announced a plan to responsibly end the war in Iraq.

By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end and Iraqi Security Forces will have full responsibility for major combat missions. After August 31, 2010, the mission of United States forces in Iraq will fundamentally change. Our forces will have three tasks: train, equip, and advise the Iraqi Security Forces; conduct targeted counterterrorism operations; and provide force protection for military and civilian personnel. The President intends to keep our commitment under the Status of Forces Agreement to remove all of our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

August 2, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Obama is following the Bush agenda down to the nail. Is there any difference between the two don't think so !


Keeping Nuclear Weapons Out of the Hands of Terrorists On April 5, 2009 in Prague, President Obama presented an ambitious strategy to address the international nuclear threat. He proposed measures to: reduce and eventually eliminate existing nuclear arsenals, including negotiations on further nuclear reductions with Russia, ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and completion of a verified Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty; halt proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional states, and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons or materials.

We have pledged to work with our partners to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea through the Six-Party process. And we will present a clear choice to Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations, including its right to peaceful nuclear energy, or continue to refuse to meet its international obligations and fail to seize the opportunity of a positive future.

August 2, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.
moonpie said...

Inspector Bucket, You are a good person. I'm glad you post here.

As for Jimmy Kimmel, He seems to have an interest in Chattanooga. He followed the Mocs through their brief NCAA run a couple of years ago.

As for Basil, Sadly, when you run for office, you need to be able to take your lumps, many well-meaning people are defending him like he's mentally unsound and seem to indicate that the attention surrounding him is tantamount to abuse.

If we wish to give Basil respect, we must repect his decision to go on Kimmel, to subject himself. Let him live his life the way he sees fit.

August 2, 2010 at 7:17 p.m.
FM_33 said...

That's all folks @

Good Night

August 2, 2010 at 7:18 p.m.
FM_33 said...

If we wish to give Basil respect, we must repect his decision to go on Kimmel, to subject himself. Let him live his life the way he sees fit. Username: moonpie | On: August 2, 2010 at 7:17 p.m.


Thank you Moonpie for that post and now you're making me wont to eat a box full with some milk.

August 2, 2010 at 7:19 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Don't play naive. Basil Marceaux stands no chance of gaining office.

I am talking in terms of chivalry and honor, the gentleman's code, something apparently lost in these latter days. If there is a player who is weak or less able, or if there is a fellow who is fallen to the floor, no respectable opponent would attack or suffer someone else to attack.

Mock President Obama or Bush or Clinton or Palin or Wamp &c., if necessary. Politicians of their ilk parade and preen and say whatever is necessary to win. Oh, that we had a Mark Twain capable of bringing them down to size.

I am not certain that Basil Marceaux realizes what is happening. I do not make that observation that in condescension. I say that in concern.

August 2, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Now.....Good Night @

August 2, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
FM_33 said...

I am not certain that Basil Marceaux realizes what is happening. I do not make that observation that in condescension. I say that in concern. Username: InspectorBucket | On: August 2, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.


Good post Inspector .........

now once again for one last time...........

Good Night @

August 2, 2010 at 7:22 p.m.
sd said...

Prof. Bucket wrote, "I am not certain that Basil Marceaux realizes what is happening. I do not make that observation that in condescension. I say that in concern."

I feel the same way, and that's why my skin started to crawl when he came up on Colbert, and again when I saw he was going to be on Kimmel tonight. These guys aren't in the business of showcasing sincerity and the Internet Gods haven't hoisted Basil Marceaux from obscurity to viral status to laud his good intentions. Dare I say most people would be in over their heads at this point.

Moonpie, I get your point and I suppose I generally agree, but the whole situation makes me very uneasy. I think the thing that bothers me the most is people are attempting to cloak their mockery by saying things like, good for him, this shows how great our country is and how a democracy is supposed to work, yadda yadda, and we all know that's a load of BS. We're not posting videos of this guy on our Facebook pages because we want to share our love of our great democratic system; we're making fun of the guy and it's disingenuous to play it off as camaraderie.

August 2, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
moonpie said...

IB and sd,

I get your points, too. In some ways it's a catch 22.

We're dealing with a lot of assumptions regarding Basil. I don't know him personally.

When I see him speak, I can tell that he's not accustomed to this forum, or at least he doesn't seem to be. He also seems to utter a lot of ideas that don't immediately present themselves as coherent thought.

A lot of people who are concerned about him are concerned because they think he may be limited in his comprehension and therefore his responsibility.

This is not ureasonable and I think it's obvious that these quirks are the gist of his appeal to viral video uploads and immediate national attention. He's being treated like a roadside attraction. Seeing this, IB and sd are good people with genuine concern for the man and they are urging others to defend him. I commend them for that. They would be good friends to and for him.

The talk shows have mocked many candidates in the past, from Sarah Palin to Barack Obama. It seems many on this site are concerned that Basil doesn't realize when he is being mocked and therefore there is an inequitable power of the media, resulting in the abuse of a man who doesn't know what he's doing.

Like I said, it's a catch 22. The man was able to get on the ballot. It's not like a bunch of drunken frat boys got together and nominated a hobo.

It does pain me, but to give the man the respect he is asking for by seeking office, I must grant him autonomy.

In the end, I take solace in this. I have worked in mental institutions and with people of limited mental capacity. I have spoken frankly with them about their insanity and limitations. I'm not convinced that either of these previous statements applies to Basil, but if they do, I have noticed that many of the people with the described infirmities are not stung by the same insults that we mere mortals are. They live on a different plane.

Basil is being mocked by many. I pray for him that he is either above it all, or immune. Either way, I've got his back for speaking his mind.

August 2, 2010 at 8:39 p.m.
frayne48 said...

Basil may not be good public speaker but he probably has as much common sense as Wamp, Ramsey and Haslam combined.

VOTE BASIL

August 2, 2010 at 8:58 p.m.
greenj76 said...

He is mentally retarded and is giving us a bad name.

August 2, 2010 at 10:25 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

Wamp is giving us a bad name and he doesn't even have that excuse.

But "here's my heart...."

August 2, 2010 at 11:05 p.m.
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